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Hearst Tower Window Washers Pulled To Safety After Scaffold Buckles; Construction Injury Lawyers Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP Call For Maintaining Worker Safety Laws

New York, NY (PRWEB) June 13, 2013

As reported by the ABC News article linked below (June 12, 2013 article titled "Workers Pulled to Safety Through 44th Story Window at Hearst Tower in New York City), two window washers were rescued yesterday, June 12, 2013, after the scaffolding they were working from broke and left them dangling some 500 feet above the ground at the Hearst Tower in midtown Manhattan. According to ABC News, firefighters rescued the workers from inside the building by cutting a hole in a 44th story window and pulling the workers inside to safety.

Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP is a New York personal injury firm that represents those seriously injured in construction accidents, among other types of accidents. The firm has represented injured window washers in the past. In fact, firm Partners David L. Scher and Stephen J. Murphy settled a case in April of 2013 for $2,250,000 on behalf of a window washer injured after his safety equipment failed. That case was filed under Index Number: 15230/10 in New York State Supreme Court, Kings County, and more information about the case can be found here:

The experienced construction injury trial lawyers of Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP ( understand how dangerous New York City construction work can be, especially because of the extreme elevation at which much of this work is performed. Partner David L. Scher noted, "This incident illustrates the risks New York construction workers and window washers take on when they work from elevated heights. They literally put their lives on the line to build our City and keep it functioning. That is why all New Yorkers should stand up and oppose the greedy corporations and insurance companies who are fighting right now to destroy New York's worker safety laws in an effort to fatten their wallets." In the video to the right, Partner Stephen J. Murphy explains one of the most important woker safety laws in New York - Labor Law Section 240(1), which exists precisely to protect workers like the ones who were stranded at Hearst Tower when their scaffold broke.

Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP has recovered well over $500,000,000 for its injured clients through years of multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements ( The firm will continue to fight on behalf of its clients, and on behalf of construction workers throughout New York, by vigorously opposing any effort to weaken the laws that exist to keep them safe. Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP can always be reached for a free consultation at (212) 736-5300, or by visiting the firm website below.

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